Thursday, January 28, 2016

slow and steady

it's been a slow start to the new year, and feels like it has entailed more cleaning, purging, sorting, and dump runs than making...just as well - it does take the studio a long time to heat up this time of year.
but i have managed to find a bit of play time, while also making, yes, trying to stick to a goal of spending on week a month (for the next few months) making new things, or playing, making new images, etc...

here's from some time spent in january:

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

wintery wares

here's a few things just out of the kiln with a wintery theme...tiny sneak peek at what will be at the Owl this weekend...

here's the mug from previous process post, finished:

another moose mug: white slip trailing on white slip...even though there's no snow here, well there is thick frost some mornings....

a wee white slip platter: who doesn't love bicycling in the winter?! and red berries, green leaves...seasonal hints:

caribou platter: hawthorny leaves, more red berries...

not to worry not everything is ungulates and bicycles (well okay i made LOTS of bicycles of various styles)...bears, herons, salmon, crows, foxes, hummingbirds, rubber boots, umbrellas, trees, etc...
and some new new things with my new new bike cranks and cogs stencils!

Sunday, November 29, 2015


well I am doing one fair this winter season - the Owl Fair in Fernwood!
come on down and check all the fine handmade goods...

Monday, November 23, 2015

process process process

have been spending A LOT of time in the studio lately, at all hours of the day...trying to keep on top of the seasonal inventory and ready for upcoming show...
here's a few process shots:

small dippers, from stencil, to slip, to leatherhard with the stencil off...

beginning a moose mug, stencil on clay

white slip over top and green slip trailing

more slip trailing

leatherhard and stencil off... will try to remember to photo the finished glazed mug....

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

a great showing

Well this years Etsy Made in Canada had a fabulous showing of support. So glad to see a September event so well attended and so many great makers out with their wares. Saw some long lost and far flung friends as well!
here's a couple of photos i took standing up on the chair behind my booth. it was so crowded i couldn't actually get out of my booth to take photos from other perspectives...

Monday, September 21, 2015

Handmade here we come

This Saturday is the annual ETSY Made in Canada Day.
Here in Victoria it's shaping up to be quite an event, rumours are there will be close to 100 makers there!
I will be there, so come on down if you are in town, to Market Square....

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Notes from Red Deer, and onto the Filberg Festival!

I have just returned from Red Deer, Alberta, and a fun week teaching at the Red Deer College Series Summer Art School! Had a fabulous group of people ready to play with slip all week. Lots of laughing and lots of learning. Also enjoyed hanging out with the other instructors from various parts of North America. There was quite a BC contingent there this week! If you are in Alberta, or a reasonable travel distance, this is a great place to go to try anything from traditional drawing/painting, to hot glass, metal, printmaking, etc... the studios are truly great spaces to be.
here are a few shots from the week:

...a student working on a gorgeous monoprint - her first one! going whole hog right out of the gate.

...a golf plate with some slip trailing and dotting.

...birds eye view of part of the table at the back of the room that was filled with finished pieces (bon dry and leatherhard) assortment of student pieces showing various techniques.

...another assortment.

....some tumblers and vase that i made as examples. one of the exercises i gave was to work on a series with some kind of visual narrative or continuity. these were inspired by the jackrabbits hopping about red deer campus!

...jackrabbit! sculpture in the hallways outside the ceramics studio.

...a shot of the yellow fields out the window as we drove back to Calgary airport.

...and coming right up is the Filberg Festival, where you can find me at the Dirty Girl Clayworks booth all weekend - July 31-Aug 3. Come by, say hi, and check out some of the latest things from the kiln!